05 Feb 2015
Choosing Your Perfect Wedding Cake
Congratulations! With so many choices for wedding cakes the decision can be daunting. Here are some considerations when thinking about the perfect cake for your perfect day.
- HOW MANY TIERS DO YOU NEED? – Dictated somewhat by how many guests you have attending the wedding and whether you are intending to keep the top tier for the christening or first wedding anniversary (this will need to be rich fruit cake).
- WHAT SHAPE? – Cakes can be made in many shapes and sizes – including hexagonal and heart shape, although round and square are the most popular.
- WHAT FLAVOUR? – You can choose from a range of flavours for your cake. Such as vanilla sponge, chocolate sponge, lemon sponge, fruit cake, coconut, red velvet etc. Ask your cake maker what flavours they have in store. It is fashionable to have your cake constructed from different flavours to serve a selection to your guests. Special requests and dietary considerations can at times be accommodated. Ask your cake maker for a tasting sample of their cake flavours. Click here for a guide on what to look out for in a cake designer.
- STACKED, PILLARS, SUSPENDED STAND, HIDDEN SUPPORTS OR CENTRAL COLUMN? – wedding cakes can be stacked centrally or offset on top of one another, separated with pillars for elegance and height, suspended on a chrome stand, separated with hidden supports and blocked with fresh flowers or supported with a visible central column.
- ADDITIONAL DECORATION? – Be inspired to decorate your wedding cake to complement your wedding theme. The use of colours, ribbons and hand piped designs to match the flowers, bridesmaids’ dresses, and lace on your bridal gown can all be taken into consideration. Alternatively, opt for subtle royal iced pearls or a chic pinstripe design.
- FRESH OR SUGAR FLOWERS? – Wedding cakes can be dressed with fresh flowers between the tiers to complement the bridal bouquet or a beautiful spray of cascading sugar flowers to complement your wedding theme. Alternatively choose delicate or vibrant handmade sugar butterflies – or how about bespoke figurines – made from photographs of the bride and groom for that personal touch!
- LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION – You cake should be designed around the venue you will hold your reception party. A huge ballroom needs a tall cake while a garden reception will not be kind to a buttercream iced cake. A venue is so important because the cake will be displayed, photographed and admired there. Having it compliment the space and decor will ensure it fits in with your wedding style perfectly.
- DELIVERY AND ASSEMBLY –Ask your cake maker if this service is available. Alternatively, speak with your caterers or entrust this special task with a trustworthy bridesmaid.
These are a perfect for more intimate weddings. The cakes are served one per guest and are presented on a purpose built cake stand lined with chocolate or icing and ribboned. It is a good idea to have a larger top tier cake so you can still enjoy the cutting ceremony and have that all important photo opportunity. Here is a selection to consider:
- INDIVIDUAL CHOCOLATE ROSE – individual chocolate or lemon cakes – covered in white, milk or dark chocolate, decorated with a hand molded chocolate rose. These can be presented on a white or dark chocolate stand and dressed with fresh flowers.
- INDIVIDUALLY ICED CAKES – choose your favourite cake flavours and have your round or square cakes covered in marzipan and iced. These can be simply tied with sheer ribbon or finished with a satin ribbon and hand decorated and finished with a sugar rose or handmade butterfly.
- CUPCAKE TOWER – these are cupcakes in your favourite cake flavours that are in decorative printed or die-cut cake wrappers, iced and decorated with fresh or sugar flowers or butterflies. These are presented on a decorated cupcake stand and it is advisable to have a tier cake at the top to cut.
Whatever wedding cake you choose, it should be a reflection of your personality. The Wedding Cake is wholeheartedly enjoying its pride of place on display when family and friends truly unite in the celebration.
Let us know in the comments what considerations you have taken when choosing your wedding cake.
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